NEW HAVEN, CT – Yale University awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Dr. France A. Córdova, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, during its commencement ceremony held May 22, 2023. Dr. Córdova is a prominent astrophysicist and a former director of the National Science Foundation, NASA’s chief scientist, and president of Purdue University.
Yale University President Peter Salovey praised Dr. Córdova’s achievements and contributions to scientific progress and society in his citation: “Stellar scientist and administrator, the earth and heavens rejoice as we recognize you with this Doctor of Science degree.”
“I am grateful to Yale University for this honor. Advancing discovery science through visionary philanthropy is my passion and purpose. It is a privilege to lead and work with others who share this vision. Thank you to the Yale University Board of Trustees for this recognition,” Dr. Córdova said.
Yale University has been awarding honorary degrees since 1702 to recognize exemplary contributions to the common good. The recipients inspire the graduates to aspire to excellence and to value creativity, curiosity, discipline, integrity, and public service.
For more details on Dr. Córdova’s honorary degree, visit Yale University’s website: https://yale2023.yale.edu/honorary-degrees/france-cordova